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2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension Calendar
Emergency Suspensions
Temporary Suspensions
More Information on Alternate Side Parking

The City suspends alternate side parking (ASP) rules on the legal and religious holidays listed below. On major legal holidays, stopping, standing and parking are permitted except in areas where stopping, standing and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (e.g., “No Standing Anytime”). Parking meter regulations are also suspended on major legal holidays. On all other holidays, only street cleaning rules are suspended, all other regulations remain in effect. See HERE for more info (new window).

2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension Calendar

* On major legal holidays, stopping, standing, and parking are permitted, except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, “No Standing Anytime”). Parking meters are not in effect on major legal holidays.

Emergency Suspensions        [TOP]

ASP Regulations may be changed from time to time because of inclement weather conditions or other emergencies. In these circumstances, the information is provided to the news media, and posted on the DOT website. Call 311 to obtain information on emergency suspensions.

DOT and the Department of Sanitation carefully consult weather reports before and during snowfalls in order to determine whether suspension is necessary. As weather patterns can change quickly, this decision must sometimes be made late in the day. After a snowfall, alternate side parking regulations will be restored so that plows can begin removing snow and ice from curbside lanes. Plowing helps to clear parking lanes and catch basins, which reduces the chance of melting snow flooding streets, and also helps return street cleaning operations back to normal.

Temporary Suspensions        [TOP]

Alternate Side Parking regulations may be suspended temporarily in parts of the City in order to post new regulations. When the Department of Sanitation must change street cleaning rules, regulations are suspended temporarily to allow DOT to update signs in the affected area. These suspensions do not affect parking rules other than Alternate Side Parking rules.

When the new signage has been posted, the Department of Sanitation provides a weeklong grace period during which its crews will clean streets according to the newly posted schedule, but will not issue summonses. At the conclusion of the grace period, enforcement of the new rules begins.

Alternate Side Parking (Street Cleaning Rules)        [TOP]

Most Alternate Side parking signs are clearly marked with the "P" symbol with the broom through it. Some signs are the traditional 3-hour ones (8am to 11am etc.) but others vary considerably.

Some metered parking zones have alternate side parking rules. When alternate side parking is suspended for a holiday or other reason, the parking meters remain in effect. There are some holidays where parking meters are suspended.

General Parking Rules

All of New York City is a designated Tow Away Zone under the State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law. This means that any vehicle parked or operated illegally, or with missing or expired registration or inspection stickers, may be towed. On major legal holidays stopping, standing and parking are permitted except in areas where stopping, standing and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, "No Standing Anytime").

Double parking of passenger vehicles is illegal at all times, including Alternate Side Parking Regulation days, regardless of location, purpose or duration.

It is illegal to park within 15 feet of either side of a fire hydrant. The painted curbs at hydrant locations do not indicate where you can park.

An occupied illegally parked vehicle causes the same safety hazard and congestion as an unoccupied vehicle. Exercise responsibility, park legally.

Parking in School Zones

Parking is allowed in school zones when school is in recess. However, motorists should be aware that specific schools may be open on holidays and during summer vacations, and parking restrictions would remain in effect. If schools have summer sessions or are open for teacher meetings or similar activities, even if students are not attending, the parking regulations apply on such days. Individuals should contact specific schools to verify that they are in recess. To contact an individual school, call 311 and ask for the "Find a School" service; they will provide you with the school's telephone number. For TTY deaf and hearing-impaired, dial 212-504-4115. If you are calling from outside the five boroughs, dial 212-NEW-YORK.

Rules on Sundays

There are no parking meters in effect on Sundays in New York City. There are also no alternate side parking regulations in effect on Sundays, but drivers must still obey any parking sign that specifically states that a regulation is in effect on Sundays or "anytime.".


If there is more than one sign posted for the same area, the more restrictive one is the one in effect. If a sign is missing on a block, the remaining posted regulations are the ones that are in effect. Please check the entire block and read all signs carefully before you park.

Parking Sign Restrictions

  No Stopping No Standing No Parking
Is waiting allowed? No No No
Can I stop to load or unload a package, or merchandise at curbside? No No Yes
Can I stop to drop off or pick up passengers? No Yes Yes
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